Coates shines spotlight on sustainability

Leading Australian equipment hire and solutions provider Coates has launched the Coates Greener Choices range of products for its customers.

Coates chief executive officer Murray Vitlich said the range offered customers tangible opportunities to reduce emissions, improve efficiencies and commit to best practice environmental sustainability standards.

“We are focused on providing more sustainable equipment and solutions that support our customers sustainability goals and help guide our suppliers in making greener choices in product design and manufacture,” he said.

“We are committed to further developing our Greener Choice range of equipment and solutions and recognise that the criteria for inclusion in this range will continue to evolve as the industry advances and new technologies emerge.”

With more than one million pieces of equipment, Coates is positioned well to be the market leader in greener choice equipment hire and solutions.

Last year Coates unveiled its Sustainability StrategyCoates, Greener Choices, a framework built on the five key pillars of Our People, Our Communities, Resilience, Eco-Efficiency and Greener Choices.

The framework is underpinned by the circular economy concept that is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use and regenerating natural systems. This approach aims for business growth as well as positive, society-wide benefits, driven by a transition to renewable energy sources.

“Our customers are increasingly looking to us for solutions that support the sustainability objectives of their projects and organisations,” Vitlich said.

“Our long-term commitment to energy efficiency and investment in emerging and innovative technologies makes us well placed to deliver what our customers need.”

In line with this strategy, Coates has unveiled a number of more sustainable equipment and solutions to help the company and its customers achieve net zero. These solutions include:

  • Electric and hybrid boom and scissor lifts
  • Greener lighting solutions, including solar powered, hybrid and portable LED options
  • Electric, lithium-ion battery-powered forklifts and warehousing equipment
  • Stage 5 low diesel particulate emission engine forklifts and telehandlers
  • Large range of battery powered hand tools
  • Blended Biodiesel, up to B7, for all Coates’ diesel engine-powered plant and equipment.

In addition, later this year, Coates is launching the revolutionary Quadshore 150 propping system, the world’s lightest propping system.

Developed in conjunction with leading researchers from Monash University, the lightweight, heavy-duty propping structure is more environmentally sustainable than conventional propping systems. As it is made with higher-grade steel, there is less material used in its manufacture and less energy is required for its transportation.

“To have real impact on the world, we need to not only change the way we think and act, but also enable and inspire others to act as well,” Vitlich said. “There are challenges ahead, but by working together with our customers and supply chain, we can turn shared vision into meaningful action.”

About Ray Chan

Editor of industrial titles and mastheads with Prime Creative Media. Publications include Rail Express and Australian Mining (web content).

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